Wiltshire Roller Derby is currently Wiltshire’s only league and attracts members from mainly the north of the county. Formed in early 2012, they began bouting later that same year and held their first open home bout in January 2013.
Throughout 2013 Wiltshire focussed on expanding the team with regular Freshmeat intakes and getting themselves known within the Roller Derby community by competing in the Heartland Series (where they finished fifth within their region).
2014 was a fantastic year full of bootcamps (both hosted and attended), mixed scrims and mixed openers, which played a big part in their improved our previous Heartlands Series position, coming fourth in their division, as well as winning a mini tournament hosted by Big Bucks.
The men’s team, the Wiltshire Jambusters, also started recruiting last year and are slowly gaining members and attending more mixed men’s/co-ed games to gain experience.
Thanks to the invaluable tips learned at the first UK Roller Derby Conference, 2015 will see many changes for the league and we are all excited to see where this takes them. Wiltshire’s Freshmeat program has particularly benefited from the conference and you will be seeing a lot of fresh faces on track very soon. Wiltshire are proudly taking part in the British Roller Derby Championships this year and are looking forward to meeting and playing all the new teams in their division!
Wiltshire remain a small league but are committed to promoting their team and sport in a positive way by raising money for charity, building positive relationships with local media and businesses, and supporting the local skate shop owned skate warehouse with their events.
WRD fully embrace the by the skater, for the skater ethos and will be working hard this year to continue to grow and develop the team, promote and raise awareness of the sport in the county and continue to help their local community.
UKRDA has already helped us immensely and we are proud to be affiliated with such a positive organisation, helping us and many other leagues in our efforts to grow and develop our sport.